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THE   QHOST   HORSE

North-West as a lone traveller of the night. He
went down on to the plains of Montana and
Alberta, and in the darkest hours of the night he
would turn up at the most unexpected points in
the wilderness of the prairies. Never a sound
from him; he had lost his mighty bellow. He
haunted the plains by night, and was never seen
by day. His sinister purpose in life was to
destroy every horse he came across.

This silent, lone traveller of the night was often
seen silhouetted against the moon on a butte,
with his head erect, his tail thrown over his back
like a statue, his long moon-coloured mane and
tail flowing like silver beneath the light of the
stars. Owing to his peculiar nocturnal habits
and to the fact that his remarkable tail and mane
gave off in the moonlight something like a phos-
phorescent glow, he became known throughout
the North-West as the Shunkatonka-Wakan—the
Ghost Horse. The steel-blue colour of his body
melted so completely into the inky blueness of
the night, that his tail and mane stood out in the
moonlight like shimmering threads of lighted
silver, giving him a halo which had a truly ghostly
aspect.

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